A question I am often asked is about the differences between the two AAC apps, Gateway and WordPower.
Both the Gateway and WordPower apps were designed by Speech-Language Pathologists who have extensive experience in AAC devices and usage. The WordPower app was created by Nancy Inman, M.A.T., CCC-SLP and the Gateway app was created by Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.
Both apps use core word vocabularies.
The list of differences and similarities between Gateway and WordPower Apps are…
- Similarity – Both Gateway and WordPower use a Fitzberald Key format and the same color-coding for parts of speech. For example: People = yellow and Verbs = green, etc.
- Similarity – Both Gateway and WordPower offer multiple grid size configurations which allows the user to select a grid grid size that matches their physical and visual abilities.
- Similarity – Both Gateway and WordPower have symbol and text-based versions.
- Difference – WordPower uses more words / text within their picture versions than Gateway does. This requires that the users have better literacy amd/or sight word recognition skills.
- Difference – The Gateway app was originally designed for a young child. The Gateway Vocabulary series has been designed from a developmental perspective, enabling SLP's to systematically teach language to young children and benchmark progress using standard speech and language assessments. Many of the enhancements to Gateway stemmed from the needs of Gateway users as they moved from elementary school to high school and onto college.
- Difference – Wordpower however was originally developed for a literate user. Commercial vocabularies moved from the original complex program to simpler page sets designed for younger users.
- Difference – Gateway uses a simpler and more direct categorization schema to access fringe vocabulary, especially in the vocabularies designed for younger users. Whereas WordPower requires more complex categorization for some of the object categories.
I hope that this information will help you in your decision making process of which AAC app to choose for your user. Of course, if you have any questions, please call Gateway at 732-737-4298 or email us today at by completing our Contact Form